I just kind of… skipped the ask part of the ask meme. I have too many DA feels, okay. I need to let some out.
ORIGINS: The Warden
Character names, appearance and respective origins. (Backstory and more elaboration on their personal origin is optional)
Sophia Amell. Dark skinned (with no real evidence in canon I like to imagine that the Amells have some Rivani blood in them, so I also think of Hawke as darker than the default), auburn hair in that same weird ponytail-that-isn’t-trying-hard-enough hairdo as Wynne, with a narrow, almost childish face. I know you can’t vary the body shapes, but in my head she’s short - pretty much a head shorter than anyone who isn’t a dwarf - and petite in the way of someone who has been able to lift anything she’d like with her mind since she was a kid.
Having lived most of her life in the Circle, she barely remembers her mother and is only vaguely aware that she may have siblings. She’s still definitely an Amell, though - in my personal canon I love the idea of a family of snarky dorks inadvertently changing the fate of the world now and then just by being in the wrong/right place at the right/wrong time - like there’s nothing really special about them, there’s not a drop of royal blood in there, just a tendency towards magic and the kind of so-sharp-you’ll-cut-yourself cleverness that isn’t actually all that useful, and they attract ~*destiny*~ like karmic sponges.Sshh just let me have this.
A visual aid: she looks something like this:
dorking around on laundry day with the boyfriend <3
Spirit healer plus eh I don’t really remember right now but I’m a mage so it’s awesome no matter what
SUck on a fIREBALL MOTHERFUCKERS
What’s their personality like?
Imagine a slightly mellower Snarky Hawke with a strong intellect but very limited experience with the real world. (You won’t believe how much fun I had trying to match them up. Dem Amells.) She’s also surprisingly unsentimental, cheerfully atheist and has a slightly sinister knack for compartmentalization that let her thrive in the weird and contradictory community that is the Circle of Magi. She’s been telling authority figures with enormous power over her fate what they want to hear for most of her life; her default approach to social interaction is pretty manipulative. (She gets along famously with Wynne, as you can imagine) The only time the mask cracks is during the Search for the Sacred Ashes, when the ghost of Jowan asks if she regrets snitching on him - there’s definitely something darker and stranger under there when she tells him that those things are hers and hers alone. (Where my Hawke is sad under the humour, my Warden is unsettling and stark)
I really loved the point Anders makes in DA2 about how the Circles treats mages like children their entire lives, so I also tried to give her a slightly childish streak - she latches on to reasonable authority figures as parental substitutes very quickly, and sometimes she covers up her uncertainties with bravado, five-year-old style.
I wanted to think through what growing up to succeed in the Circle would do to someone when I played her; it was a lot of fun. I imagine she feels a certain amount of… bewilderment mixed with scorn, maybe, for Jowan, who never had her ability to play the game and she just doesn’t get why he’s being stupid about it, because it comes naturally to her. By inference you could safely say she’d feel the same way about Anders’ escape artist stunts while they’re both in the circle - it doesn’t change anything in the long run, and just makes sure the other mages are hardly let outside anymore. Genuinely friendly but not necessarily nice, in other words.